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The Hammer and the Blade de Paul S. Kemp
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The Hammer and the Blade

de Paul S. Kemp

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Egil and Nix, two adventurers and swords for hire, are pulled into the dark schemes of a powerful and evil family.
Títol:The Hammer and the Blade
Autors:Paul S. Kemp
Informació:Publisher Unknown, 550 pages
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Etiquetes:Fantasy, Science Fiction, Abooks

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Egil and Nix are graverobbers -- think Indiana Jones, battling ancient curses and demons, etc. They get kidnapped by a sorcerer trying to extricate a horn from an ancient tomb so he can rescue a demonic figure to impregnate his sisters and preserve an ancient pact between the families. A fun buddy book, but missing the kind of character and plot complexity needed for a rating of 4 or more stars. 3.5 stars this one. Note: Seak (Bryce L.) did a great review for this book!! ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
The Hammer and the Blade by Paul S. Kemp isn’t even out yet!

Plot Summary

The book follows Engil the Warrior Priest and Nix Fall the thief. Together they form an Indiana Jones/Brenden Frasier’s character in the Mummy type duo. They rely and help each other and together they make a really funny team. When they kill a demon they accidently piss off a man of the noble family who needed that demon to fulfill a pact that keeps his house in power. So then that noble kidnaps them and tells them that they need to steal a horn which will release an other, imprisoned demon.

What I Liked

I really liked the relationship between Engil and Nix-plus they were funny, i like funny characters
Almost all the characters were really well developed
i liked the random little twists
good action
good story
What I Didn’t Like

Some of the characters feel flat-mostly the bad guys
There were too many hints to back stories with little explanation (but there is a second book planned so maybe that’s where we’ll find it?)
Some of the other characters were more annoying than anything else
So I would give it 3 1/2 out of 5, and hopefully the next book will have more answers and better developed characters, though Engil and Nix do very well on their own.

Happy Readings

( )
  artdamnit_reads | Jul 29, 2020 |
Pulp fantasy, ahoy!

One of the downsides of partaking in a subscription service like Angry Robot's ebook one is that occasionally one winds up with a backlog, if one is, as I do, reading a lot of other stuff as well. Since this has been my Summer of Napoleonic War Fiction, I haven't read as much of the genres and genre mash-ups that are Angry Robot's specialty; I've just harvested my subscription each month and sort of gloated at the volume of most-likely-good stuff I have in store for myself.

It's pretty enjoyable. But then sometimes my feed suddenly contains a sequel, a sequel that makes me curious and I sit down to have a look at it and realize, BOOM!, it's a sequel! And I haven't read the first one yet! But now I really want to!

And that's pretty much what happened with the good old-fashioned pulp fantasy funtimes of The Hammer and the Blade, author Paul S. Kemp's first Egil and Nix adventure. Egil and Nix are old adventuring buddies who already have a long and storied history together as this novel starts; in fact, they've been adventuring together for so long that, as they finish their latest bout of tomb-raiding and realize they don't really need the loot anymore, they decide this is going to be their last raid and they're then going to head back to civilization and invest in a legitimate business. Like, say, a brothel.* Because hey, this is still fantasy, you guys.

Their ambitions get thwarted, of course, because in the course of their last tomb-raiding mission, they were pretty much forced to kill a demon (this is all just in the prologue, so I'm not really spoiling anything) that turns out to be very important to an ancient and powerful and baroquely weird family back in the city. Our duo may think they're too old for this sheet, but the Norristru clan (the Tessier-Ashpools by way of the Groans, basically) would beg to differ. And said clan are more than powerful enough to get their way, so off go Egil and Nix on yet another adventure.

As excuses for a small-scale -- the world and its fate are not at stake, just the lives of our two protagonists -- sword and sorcery tale go, well, I've encountered worse. And I got very quickly involved in rooting for this duo, whose relationship is conducted mostly through very enjoyable and snarky dialogue of that laddish kind in which 95% of the conversation is one giving the other crap for his well-known foibles, in full knowledge that at some point in time said foibles have saved both of their lives.

And foibles they most certainly have. Egil, the Hammer, is a priest -- and possibly the only worshipper, making him, as he observes, the High Priest -- of the Momentary God, very devoted to his once-divine-but-only-for-a-little-while-that-one-time deity, a wielder of wit and two great big war-hammers. Nix, the Blade, is a stealth artist and thief, with a satchel full of "gew-gaws" that sometimes help him charm or pick locks and perform other tasks and sometimes backfire in hilariously inconvenient ways They make a fine and successful team, and both are clever and witty and fun to read about.

If you're looking for equally interesting and well-rounded female characters, though, ehhh. Egil and Nix have no female counterpart, but I've learned not to expect one (unless I'm reading my good friend Jennifer Williams' work, some of which you, too, will be able to read in a few short months when her publisher [hooray!] releases it to much fanfare. Stay tuned!). There are, though, women on the bad guys' side, a mother and two sisters, members of the main baddie's family, who as the females in the clan bear the horrible, nasty brunt of said clan's pact with the devil that Egil and Nix kill in the prolog. They have powers and schemes of their own, but since their brother keeps them in a drugged sleep through most of the novel, they exist merely as victims and occasional sources of bad dreams for Nix, who finds himself torn between the spell of compulsion their brother laid on him and Egil to encourage their cooperation, which gives him great pain and sick feelings whenever he so much as thinks of rebelling, and the equally sorcery-induced urge to help the sleeping beauties on Rakon's cart. The sisters' one act of real agency, though, is a doozy, resulting nothing more and nothing less than a forced empathy, causing Egil and Nix to experience mentally the very physical horrors in store for the sisters if Rakon succeeds.

It's enough.

In addition to all the sorcery and tomb-raiding, there are some smashing set-piece battles, especially the mid-novel attack on the caravan by the demonic, reptilian Vwynn, scaly flying beasts with inch-long talons, sharp nasty pointy teeth and wings, that threaten to overwhelm our troop by sheer numbers. It's a great, exciting scene, finely balanced between chaos and detailed blow-by-blow.

All in all, this is a great bit of brain candy, full of action and humor and blood and shouty men and shiny armor. And occasional fauxnachronistic language ("incant" and "incanting" are often used, and prove to be almost as annoying to this reader as "whilst") but not so much as to be unforgiveable. Pulp fantasy, how I've missed you!

*Said brothel rejoicing in the cheerfully misogynist name of the Slick Tunnel, its cheerful misogyny emphasized for us readers by its constantly being italicized, so the female reader is slapped in the face with it each time the place is named. Did I mention that this book is a bit on the laddish side? Sigh.Still, at least nobody gets raped. At least, not at the Slick Tunnel. ( )
  KateSherrod | Aug 1, 2016 |
Devils, sorcerers, and magic bring this tale to life. Nik and Egil are tomb raiders and have a reputation that follows them wherever they tread. On their last quest they slay a devil guardian, Vik-Thyss, which has an irrevocable outcome. The House of Norristru was bound in a pact with the House of Thyss and it was time to honor the contract, which was for the Norristru to offer their maidens to the Thyss in order to breed and produce a lineage in turn for protection against their enemies. Vik-Thyss was the only free devil and upon his death the contract would break unless his brother was freed from his prison. Rakkon, the heir to the Norristru, seeks Nik and Egil to remedy the situation and help free the bound devil in order for the contract to be honored. I enjoyed the journey into this land of fantastical creatures and sorcery. It held me on the edge wondering what would befall them next. I can’t wait to see what other adventures are in store for these two heroes. ( )
  vibrantminds | Sep 30, 2015 |
Not bad. There were a couple niggling details, one of style and one of plot, that bothered me -- one of our thieves routinely "puts" the hilts of his weapons into his own hands, which sounds odd to me, and the presentation of women in the story as practically all victimized to some extent was irritating -- but generally this was fast moving and fun, if not very original. ( )
  meandmybooks | Aug 6, 2014 |
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